September 04, 2015

Faculty and Staff News

Deana Garner Smith left the NFL to help mentor ASU's student-athletes because she likes guiding young people onto the path of success through frank discussions and positive impact.

Engineering professor Edward Kavazanjian has excelled as a teacher, researcher and leader among professional colleagues — and he’s still striving to make major contributions to his field.

To help support new faculty as they begin teaching, ASU will launch a program, the new Provost's Teaching Academy, devised by 12 inaugural Teaching Fellows.

The ASU Office of Human Resources announces the promotion of Erin Ellison from interim director to director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Flavio Marsiglia's work on diversity, substance use and youth development is regarded to be among the best and most influential in the field, and it's why he is one of four ASU faculty members recently named as a Regents' Professor for 2014-2015.

ASU strives to have a faculty representative of the diversity of the state and nation, and its incoming cohort is the latest example of that. Of the more than 140 new tenured and tenure-track faculty, 28 percent are minority and 42 percent are female.

After logging 40 years with the ASU Police Department, Stewart Adams will end his long run when he retires next month. It's not just an end to his time serving ASU, but to a lifetime of law enforcement that was inspired by his parents.

Devoney Looser, an ASU English professor, explains why the movie "Clueless" has maintained its appeal 20 years later and persists as a fine example of Jane Austen's feminist archetypes.

ASU mathematician Carlos Castillo-Chavez has earned the SIAM prize, one of math's highest honors, and been invited to lecture at the Mathematical Association of America.

Brenda Hosley is the new university senate president and chair of the University Academic Council for the 2015-2016 academic year. Hosley is a clinical associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Professor of English Deborah Clarke has been appointed vice provost for academic personnel at Arizona State University. Clarke will oversee personnel processes for all academic personnel, including hiring, promotion and tenure, effective Aug. 1.

For his lasting contribution to the conservation of mammals and their habitats, the American Society of Mammalogists has given the Aldo Leopold Award to Arizona State University professor Andrew Smith.

Randolph Nesse, founding director of ASU's Center for Evolution and Medicine, has been honored for his lifelong contributions to research in the field of evolutionary medicine.

After 51 years with ASU Libraries, Carl Cross will retire this August. He leaves behind a legacy that includes establishing the university archives and co-founding the ASU Carillon Society, where he has become a watchful guardian of the carillon bells.

ASU professor Claire Lauer guides her students to become confident creators of multimedia communications for work and everyday life.

Helping deaf students feel more welcome at ASU can be a challenge when most faculty and staff don't know sign language. A series of beginner ASL workshops aims to teach basic phrases and etiquette, with the ultimate goal of a deeper understanding of deaf culture.

The Green Devils are striving to empower over 1,000 of their colleagues to incorporate sustainability into everyday workplace decisions through peer-to-peer education, support and collaboration.

Elizabeth Wentz, professor of Geographic Information Science technologies and director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been appointed dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

History professor Monica Green and art history professor Corine Schleif share the honor of being the first two Berlin Prize Fellows chosen from Arizona State University.

Eric Newton, who was named the Cronkite School's new innovation chief last month, starts his new job this week where he will work closely with the school's leadership to drive cutting-edge ideas and initiatives at Cronkite News.

In a new book, ASU professor Brooks Simpson shares space with politicians and filmmakers who crafted essays about the importance and legacy of Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.

A threatened desert oasis captivates generations of ASU researchers in Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico.

Four Arizona State University professors have joined the ranks of the highest faculty honor at the university, as Regents' Professors for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In her new book, "Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders," Arizona State University Regents' Professor Sally Kitch seeks to shed light on the role Western intervention has played in the fate of Afghan women.

Eric Newton, a global leader in championing transformational digital innovation in the news media as an executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is joining ASU as the innovation chief of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Arizona State University Police Department is pursuing the continuous improvement critical for the success of the organization and the school, said its top officer during a swearing-in ceremony in the Tempe campus police headquarters.

For her work publishing in leading research journals, presenting research at professional meetings, mentoring students and participating in the strings community, Marg Schmidt has received two prestigious awards this year.

Arizona State University student Jakob Hansen and ASU professor Horst Thieme have received Charles Wexler awards for their excellence in mathematics.

Patrick Foster brings 22 years of streetwise law enforcement experience when he is sworn in May 21 as Arizona State University's newest assistant police chief.

Barry Bozeman was the first in his family to go to college. Today, he is one of the nation's leading scholars in public administration in the School of Public Affairs, part of ASU's College of Public Service and Community Solutions.